Available in English at last! The first book in the remarkable, best-selling Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbø.
Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered, followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop a highly intelligent killer who is bent on total destruction.
©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio
Advance praise from the U.K. for The Bat
“Even with this first book Nesbø’s command of the idiom is completely in place—there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels.” --The Daily Express
“It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbø is] a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming.” --Scottish Express
“Nesbø is already taking on the clichés, ruthlessly tearing them apart and coming up with new riffs. . . . Most satisfyingly, we can now see the organic shape that Nesbø always intended his work to take.” --The Independent (London)
Not for me...I found myself rewinding to figure out what the heck was going on. Maybe some of the finer points got lost in translation from the native language to English.
Folks who like predictable, formulaic, in a semi-exotic setting might like it more than I. It might be a good listen when multitasking,
Probably. I've heard the others are very good but decided to start from the beginning. Perhaps that was my mistake. Reviews of others make me think it's worth giving another a try ~~ maybe. They also said this one wasn't so great.
Probably, but I won't seek him out.
Disappointing in its predictability.
Whilst I liked aspects of the story and the characters I did feel that it was like the author had visited Australia and was padding the novel out with a travelogue of Australian history information.
As an Australian I found the narrator dreadful. The accent was completely wrong, if anything it had more similarities to a New Zealand accent. It was so immensely irritating I only just managed to listen to it.
The manic fights, chases, and falls in this story are driven by the hopeless desperation of the breathtakingly bizarre characters. My fellow book club members told me that the later books in this series are much better reads.
IF i had never read or heard of this book, I would have been so much better off.
totally and completely
i would trash the whole book..no hope for this one
I only bought this book because some idiot of a reviewer compard Jo Nesbo to le Carre..what a sacrilege..and what a waste of a credit
Oy the endless meandering conversations about nothing! I fast forwarded numerous times and don't feel I missed anything. Nesbo's freshman outing with Harry Hole. Nowhere near as good as others in the series. Skip it unless you're going for the Hole hat trick.
I found this to be very hard to follow or even slightly keep me on the edge of my seat. Between the the full narration and boring storyline I felt unfulfilled. Don't waste your credits on this one!
I just couldn't get into it. I likes the narrator and his voice. It fits. But the story lags. I just couldn't get into it and I've given it multiple chances . I couldn't finish. I got bored
Although Nesbo is supposedly the original Steig Larsson he can't hold a candle to him in this book.. I have no interest in figuring out if the rest of his books are any good after trying to get through a few chapters of Nesbo's book The Bat
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